Monthly Archives: October 2011

North capital of Russia – St. Petersburg (Slideshow)

Enjoy these beautiful photos of St. Petersburg!

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Молитва мужчины

Подари мне, БОГ
Эту женщину
И не дай никогда ей опомниться.
Я за каждый вздох,
С нею скрещенный,
Заплатил тебе больше, чем сторицей.
Одолжи мне, Бог,
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Ray Villafane’s Carved Pumpkins

Artist Ray Villafane began carving pumpkins on a lark for his art students in a small rural school district in Michigan.

Here are images of pumpkin carvings Villafane created over the past five years.

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The Romantic Meanings of Flowers


Flowers play a significant part in our lives, especially during special occasions. Throughout the years of our tradition of sending flowers, some have become synonymous with certain meanings or expressions.

Looking to give flowers? Different flowers have different meanings. Different colors of a flower have different meaning.

Before you do a romantic gesture of giving flowers, know the meaning of flowers. The language of flowers is a unique language. Every sentiment is expressed in one form or another by flowers. Don’t give the wrong sentiment.

When you want to convey true love, there’s no doubt what you mean when you send red roses. But what if it’s something else entirely? Read on for the list.

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Decor: Hip Upholstered Headboard

Wake up your bedroom with a hip upholstered headboard prized by high-end designers and boutiques. The project takes just a weekend and costs about $215 (beats the $1,300 price tag I’ve seen for a similar design online).

What you need:

  • Kraft paper or newspaper
  • Masking tape
  • Pencil
  • Two sheets of 4’8-foot medium-density fiberboard (MDF)
  • Two sheets of 4’8-foot, 1-1?2-inch-thick insulating foam board
  • Two packages of mending braces
  • Foam board adhesive
  • 6 yards decorative fabric
  • 4 yards muslin
  • Piping cord
  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • Scissors
  • Jigsaw
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Decorative Fall Urn

This gorgeous arrangement is freewheeling and creative — perfection not required. Build a mound of cut plastic florist’s foam pieces inside a plastic urn. Cover with Spanish moss (available at crafts stores), keeping the moss in place with green pins. Make a collar of burlap around the urn and build your arrangement with artificial leaves, berries, Chinese lanterns, dried lotus pods, and other fall favorites from the floral selection of your local crafts store. Green pins help keep everything in place.


Editor’s Tip: Take your arrangement inside if you’re expecting rain. It works best on a covered porch.

Happy Halloween: Tablecloth-Weight Gourds Decor

Little gourds can do great things. Try creating these table weights from mini-gourds to hold the tablecloth in place at an outdoor dinner party. Measure the tabletop and add enough for a 6-inch drop of yardage on all sides plus a 1-inch hem. Hem with fusible tape and an iron. To make the corner flaps, notch a 5-inch square from each corner and hem using fusible tape. Add grommets with a kit from a crafts or fabrics store.


Buffalo Chicken Cobb Recipe

Got to love fresh vegetables mixed in with chicken! Here’s a great recipe for that:
  • 1
    25 1/2ounce frozen buffalo-style boneless chicken wings
  • 2
    hearts of romaine lettuce, halved or quartered
  • 1 1/2
    cups sliced celery and/or carrots
  • 1/2
    cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/4
    cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/4
    teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2
    small lemons

Makes: 4 servings

Start to Finish: 25 mins Read the rest of this entry

Happy Halloween: Entry with Mums and White Pumpkins decor

Give your home a symmetrical look by incorporating overflowing potted mums and pumpkins, plus a pretty wreath. Place two pots of burnt orange mums on every other step and line with simple white pumpkins. Hanging planters and Chinese lanterns is an easy way to finish the autumnal look.


Photo of the Day